One of the sharpest criticisms against making naloxone widely available to people at risk for drug overdose is this: If people have a medicine on hand that allows them to reverse a drug overdose themselves, won’t they stop calling 911?
Though no studies exist to prove or disprove this theory (and it would be nearly impossible to conduct such a study), anecdotal evidence does indicate that many people use naloxone to reverse an opiate drug overdose without summoning emergency medical assistance. However, that doesn’t mean that naloxone availability causes people to refrain from calling 911. The fact remains that despite well-intentioned laws that protect people who seek help for a drug overdose from arrest or charge, a percentage of people who use drugs will not call 911. Period. They haven’t stopped calling 911 because of naloxone. They never called in the first place.
So that leaves two questions”
1) Why do so many people still not call 911 despite legal protections?
2) What can be done to change that behavior?”
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – July 8, 2015